Thursday, April 10, 2014

#Redbridge CCG decentralise ECGs to GP Surgeries

News Release from the Redbridge 
Clinical Commissioning Group

Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the GP body now responsible for most of the NHS locally.

We like to keep local people informed about how they can improve their health and the work of the CCG.

For instance, across Redbridge, a new heart service has been rolled out to all GP practices which allow patients to get electrocardiogram (ECG) tests at their GP practice.

ECG tests detect the risk of heart attacks or heart disease and are usually carried out in special clinics or at hospital. In Redbridge, patients are able to get instant diagnosis and treatment for heart conditions.

Previously, electrocardiogram (ECG) tests would be carried out at a special clinic meaning patients had to go for a hospital visit followed by separate GP appointments which would mean waiting more time before they could either receive a diagnosis or start their treatment.

Using a new telemedicine system, now your GP can see you in a surgery, automatically transfer the results to a clinical specialist over the phone, and treatment can start or be decided during the appointment. After a pilot scheme last year, almost every surgery in Redbridge now offers the service.

About three ECG tests are carried out every day in Redbridge. The test is one of the key ways doctors can assess risk of heart attack or spot heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease, which includes coronary heart disease (CHD), is the single most common cause of preventable death in the borough. About 8,000 people in the borough are registered as having (CHD). Experts are clear rapid diagnosis and access to tests is one of the keys to good heart disease care.

GPs are clear this new service can be a life saver and reduce the time patients may have to spend visiting hospital for appointments. They are also clear it will save the NHS money as not all suspected cases will need referral on to specialist services.

More information about Redbridge CCG can be found here.

Editor’s Note: But if your GP surgery has been “centralised” and co-located with the local Hospital or Polyclinic it rather defeats the object of the exercise, dunnit?


  1. No system is perfect. In this case I think it is appropriate to welcome the improvements now in place, and look forward to further improvement where it is required.

  2. I think this is great,